Tampa Bay Lightning jolt Winnipeg Jets 8-3

Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher (left) and Benoit Pouliot celebrate a goal as Winnipeg Jets...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher (left) and Benoit Pouliot celebrate a goal as Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec and defenceman Grant Clitsome react during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida February 1, 2013. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

TAMPA - Awful. Terrible. Pathetic.

Take your pick, folks. They all apply to how the Winnipeg Jets played on Friday night in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sure, they didn’t have Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian remains out until at least mid-February, but those were no excuses for the disastrous outing at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It was broccoli-flavoured icing on the worm-infested cake that was a putrid three-game road trip that was full of nothing but losses. Friday night’s capper looked like the 2011-12 version of the Jets, which was 1-11-1 in the second half of back-to-backs.


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